LUK DIM BOON KWUN(六點半棍): SIX AND A HALF POINT POLE FORM

The first of the Weapon Sets, Luk Dim Boon Kwun literally translates as Six-and-a-half-point-long Pole. This form is believed to have been introduced around the time of the Red Boat Opera. It is a short form with basic parries and attacks; there are only six and half techniques, hence the name. Practicing the pole form correctly will develop great strength in the wrists and stance. It is possible to practice sticking pole techniques with a partner; the idea is to stick to the end of the partner’s pole maintaining a strong position and range until a strike becomes available. This skill is not unlike fencing. Along with dramatically improving wrist strength and stance, Wing Chun long pole practice also teaches new concepts of footwork and positioning.

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